madmitch76 (12237) - , Essex, - JUN 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
4th June 2010. Bottle in Johnny’s Off License, Rome. Black beer with a few brown bubbles around the edges. Smooth palate, a little dry. Rich dark chocolate and marmite. A little lactose sweetness. Finishes with subtle red fruit. A little different and very nice!
Martinus (2531) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black colour, tan head. Sour aroma, chocolate, coffee, mocha, somewhat vinous. Sweet flavour, light sour notes, malts, milk chocolate and cacao. Medium to full body, sweet finish, chocolate, malts and sugar. Don’t know if the sour notes are supposed to be there, but they really add some depth to the flavour profile. Love this beer, especially considering the ABV.
(From 75cL bottle @ RBBSG II, Gent 2013. Thanks for sharing, Tim!!)
tderoeck (3634) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
10/VIII/13 - 75cl bottle from Gradi Plato (Rome) @ RBBSG II, my place - BB: III/2012 (2013-751)
Clear dark brown beer, small beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: chloride, sourish, weird and soapy, some cleaning product, caramel. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: mocha, dark chocolate, bit sourish, coffee, cocoa powder. Aftertaste: pretty sour, coffee, sugary touch, overripe fruits, bit dirty, burnt toast. Probably aged it for too long. Have to admit, I didn’t check the alcohol % on this one, and just assumed it was a 10% imperial stout. My bad.
thebeertourist (4528) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ale & Hop, Barcelona. Black with a thin beige head. Fruity with coffee and chocolate in abundance, hints of pears. Some roasted dryness balances the sweeter fruit. Very good.
Dorqui (2035) - Brescia, ITALY - SEP 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 0,33L. Very dark brown color, good and bulky creamy nut head of long duration. Roasty and bitter chocolate nose, aroma is sweet coffee, braced malt, roast wood. Sweetish start mouth, mellow taste, very round palate with decided aroma of dark chocolate, smoked wood and little coffee final.
Benzai (5826) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from bottle @ RBBSG II. Opaque dark brown to black color, small beige head. Smell and taste malts, a slight touch of sourness but also a hint of sweetness, some light to moderate roastyness and some coffee. Medium body and carbonation.
77ships (3096) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of tderoeck. Thx! 75 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBSG II. BBF March/2012. Pours very dark brown, blackish, mocha head. Smell is sweet vinous, mocha, sour red fruit, berries, light chocolate, cocoa, very nice and unexpected. Taste is a wonderful sour RIS, I really do not think that, that was the intention but never the less this is a really good sour RIS. Not sure what is the cause, age, infection,…? Taste is a wonderful blend of sour berries, chocolate, sweet spices, coffee, chocolate cereal, light tang, fruits, med. tang, coffee, very light roast,… Med. grainy chocolate. I am a bit weirded out but this is really good.
Scopey (4691) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Bruce’s, thanks to Colin. It pours very dark brown with a small light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, meatiness, toasted sesame, honeysuckle, salted caramel and light soy sauce. The taste is roasted malt, toast, earth, coffee, cocoa, dark fruit, meatiness, light tang and a touch of alcohol with a dry, roasty finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. A bit meaty.... drinkable enough mind you.
Theydon_Bois (5459) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad, 31/07/13. Thanks to Luca for trading me this one.
Extremely dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head.
Nose is roasty malts, chocolate, soy sauce, light booze.
Taste comprises dark toffee fudge, chocolate, brown sugars.
Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, dry finish.
Ok drinlable fayre but not enough clout for an impy in my book - perhaps a foreign stout.
Leighton (8750) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Bruce’s - London. Thanks to Colin. Pours oily, dark brown with a fine, creamy beige head. Hints of tangy dark malts on the nose, charred dark malts, a bit of dusty cocoa, burnt marshmallows. Medium sweet flavor, some dark bread, burnt dark sugars, light bitterness, some brownies. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet dark malt finish, mellow roast, burnt bread, cocoa. Very drinkable.
Silvan7 (441) - Samarate, ITALY - JUN 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Il Giusto Gusto. Profuma di malto tostato, di caffè e di torbato. Colore scuro impenetrabile, con bella caduta e deposito. Schiuma tonaca di frate cremosa. Gusto un po’ sciapo. Non colpisce per nessuna predominanza, ma in generale è gustosa e piena. Sul finale ricorda un po’ la salamoia delle olive in barattolo. Manca di tenore alcolico. assomiglia più ad una standard stout che ad una imperial. Ad ogni modo si lascia bere.